Okay, friends. These Crispy Baked Chicken Wings need to make an appearance at your next party or gathering. I’d describe them as slightly crispy, but not dry at all. My goal was to create a wing that was baked not fried, but still had that texture we all know and love. This recipe nails it. I topped my wings with a Sweet Asian Glaze, but I’ll also share a basic Buffalo Wing sauce too – just in case you’re a purist.
I coated the wings lightly with flour and spices, then I baked them at 425 degrees for 20-25 minutes. You could lay these on a baking sheet and bake them directly on the pan OR you could put a cooling rack on top of the baking sheet to elevate the wings for evenly cooked wings on top and bottom. This is my method and it worked beautifully. I did not have to flip the wings during the cooking process. Here is a link to the sheet pan and cooling rack that I used for this recipe (affiliate link), and I highly recommend both. I use the cooling rack in any recipes when I am trying to get a crispier finish on the food. For example, these Sesame Cauliflower Bites … which are also equally amazing.
Now, let’s talk sauce.
I don’t know about you, but I like a lightly sauced wing. I don’t want my wings dripping in something that is going to overpower the wing itself. My recommendation for coating the wings once cooked is to add a little sauce to the bottom of a big bowl, then add in about 6 wings, tossing until evenly coated. Remove the wings and repeat until all of your wings have a nice even layer of sauce.
The recipe for the Asian sauce or glaze provides enough sauce to coat about 16 wings. It’s sweet, salty, and stickyyyyyy. Seriously, finger-lickin’ is a MUST with this sauce. For the Buffalo Wing sauce I used Sweet Baby Ray’s pre-made buffalo sauce, which tastes pretty great and is super easy. Feel free to sauce your wings in anything you like though – skies the limit. You might even want to consider this Soy Maple Glaze from my drumstick recipe.
Have fun with this recipe and hopefully you’re making it for a celebration or big game day like the Super Bowl. Our hometown team is going this year so we’re definitely having a celebration… go Eagles! You’re friends are going to be amazed that these were baked in the oven, rather than fried. Don’t forget to snap a pic of your Crispy Baked Chicken Wings and tag us @straightandfarro on Instagram.